Surbiton Men’s 4th team have the chance to win a national title on Monday morning when they take on Bebington 2nd XI in the England Hockey Men’s Tier Four final at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre (push back 10 am).
Surbiton began their Road To Lee Valley trail with a 5-2 away win at Waltham Forest 2nd XI.in October. In December, Southampton’s 3rd XI lost out 2-1 at Sugden Road.
A 5-3 win over Havant’s 4th XI, also at Sugden Road, in February set up a semi-final at Eastcote in April. After a thrilling 4-4 draw in normal time, Surbiton won the shootout 3-2 against Eastcote’s 4th XI to earn their place at Lee Valley against Bebington.
Bebington are based in the Wirral and finished second in the North West Hockey League Division Four South, twelve points behind champions, Liverpool Sefton 2nd X1. The teams met in a high scoring account in the Tier Four competition, Bebington winning 6-5 at home. A 4-1 home win over Ramsey in January was followed by a 7-1 thrashing of Didsbury Northern 5th Xi in February. Bebington qualified for the final with a 4-1 home win over Burton 3rd XI.
Surbiton’s Cup team is a combination of 4th and 5th team players, but the team is regarded as Surbiton’s 4th team for the competition. M4 finished fourth in the Higgins Group London League Division Four, six points behind champions London Wayfarers 5
Surbiton’s fifth team finished sixth in Surrey Division Three.
Tickets are available via the England Hockey website